DNA leads Ohio cold-case team to 2nd serial case

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Posted: Mar 09, 2011 4:17 PM
DNA leads Ohio cold-case team to 2nd serial case

When the bodies of 11 women were unearthed from a Cleveland home, investigators wondered if more victims were still out there.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH-guh) County Cold Case investigators decided to pull unsolved murders of 75 black women from that same impoverished neighborhood on the east side of town where 51-year-old Anthony Sowell lived among corpses. Retired homicide detectives pored over the reports and submitted old evidence for DNA testing.

The DNA evidence led them to another killer.

On Tuesday, county prosecutor Bill Mason indicted 50-year-old Joseph Harwell in the murders of two women who were raped and killed in 1989 and 1996. Harwell, already in prison for another strangulation death, doesn't have an attorney. Sowell has pleaded not guilty.